Abbot's Wood offers visitors waymarked forest trails, barbecues and picnic sites. There is also a large grass area for ball games.
Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Abbots Wood this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star!
Go for a wander along Abbot's Amble or take a short stroll on Oaks Walk. Look out a variety of wildlife, bird boxes and bluebells in spring.
Wheelchair users may find portions of the trails difficult in terms of grade and surface quality.
The play equipment at Abbot's Wood was reaching the end of its life and has therefore been removed in the interests of safety. The intention is to replace it at some point in the future, and further updates will be given in due course. In the meanwhile there is a swing, a climbing tree and stepping stones in addition to acres of woodland for children to explore and play in!
There are three bookable barbecues on site for a fee of £33.00 (payable by debit or credit car, or cheque). Please ring 0300 067 4880 at least a week in advance to check availability and to make a booking.
You will need to provide your own charcoal and Pay & Display parking charges still apply. Barbecues must be fully extinguished when you leave the site.
The free barbecues have now been removed from site due to their age and poor condition.
For safety reasons we do not allow you to bring your own barbecues on to site.
Annual riding permits are available from Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust.
Please ring 01622 735599 for more information or visit the TROT website.
Abbot's Wood is an important area for butterfly and dormouse conservation. Go on Abbot's Amble Trail to see water fowl and dragonflies on the lake.
Save money and enjoy Abbot's Wood, Seven Sisters Country Park Friston Forest & Abbots Wood through the seasons with an annual Discovery Pass from the Forestry Commission. Purchase your pass for £28 online , by calling 03000680400, or onsite at the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre. The Disovery Pass gives you a free parking in a number of carparks along with a range of benefits - visit the website for further details.
Visitors are reminded to pay and display and to observe the changing car park locking times throughout the year.
Car Parking Prices: £2.30 up to 2 hrs /£3.50 up to 4 hrs /£4.60 all day
Gates are opened every day at 8am. Closing times vary through out the year as follows:
April to August 8pm, September 7pm, October 6pm, November 4pm, December 4pm, January 4pm, February 5pm, March 7pm
History of Abbot's Wood
Abbot's Wood derives its name from the times of Henry I, when the wood was gifted to Battle Abbey and overseen by the Abbot (hence Abbot's Wood).
Ditches and banks within the trees give clues to ancient times. A mixture of tree species can be found, each with a different use. Recent conifer plantations are harvested for timber needed in paper and chip board manufacture.
Coppicing Hazel and Hornbeam for firewood enables rarer species like dormice and pearl bordered fritillaries to live in the wood.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsRobin Edwards, 10/May/2016
First visit and we loved the nightingales,single PBF and inviting trails. We will be back. Disappointed at the empty leaflet box, unkempt state of the loos (no toilet paper in either)and discarded tree shelters littering the woods.
4 StarsTricia, 3/May/2016
I adore Abbotts Wood but there is one star missing for getting lost I'm afraid. When you haven't a sense of direction I hadn't an idea where I was and disabled, so got a little stressed. Would like more directions back to car park etc please. Love it there otherwise but slightly afraid to visit more due to our recent visit
4 Starsdebbie Brighton , 2/May/2016
Lovely forest. Brilliant walks.
33 to hire a barbeque is an absolute Cheek after paying to park all day. What a total rip off. Typical of companies here. Everyone is out for as much.money as possible.